Learning to crawl
Thomas Sowell’s Commentary piece in the April 21 edition titled “The Republicans and race” (page 33) should be required reading for the Republican National Committee. Mr. Sowell once opined “the only reason to vote Republican is the Democrats.” This quote seems especially appropriate for the current presidential race.
Republicans provide positive progress for African-Americans because they treat them as equals instead of as the disenfranchised. I was in the military during the Korean War when African-Americans were first integrated with other races and I learned from them what they valued most. More than special privileges and handouts, they valued, and insisted on, respect. They deserve simple respect from one human being to another.
When we contrast Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the difference is clear. Still, the Republican party, and most recently John McCain, persist in patronizing approaches to those deeply vested in racial confrontation.
The Republican Party need not apologize unless it has lost its conviction about self-respect and self-reliance, preferring now spending programs that trap people in housing projects and dependence on the state. Republicans will never patronize better than Democrats. They have had more practice at it. Wayne G. Skaggs Wimberley, Texas